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  • The nature of Aatrox's blade resembles the Soul Reaver's from Legacy of Kain, as both appear to be living weapons that can consume the life force of their wielder and drain that of their enemies.
  • Aatrox is one of five champions who uses health as a resource for abilities, the other four being Dr. Mundo Dr. Mundo, Mordekaiser Mordekaiser, Vladimir Vladimir, and Zac Zac.
  • Aatrox is the fifteenth champion that can increase their attack range, but his attacks remain melee.
  • When reaching a certain amount of movement speed, Aatrox's movement animation shows him gliding instead of running.
  • You can faintly hear Massacre.png Massacre's activation no matter where you are on the map.
  • Aatrox is the third dark-themed champion with a light-themed skin, the first being Varus Varus and the second Syndra Syndra.
    • Of these three, Aatrox is the only one not from Ionia.
  • During Blood Well.png Blood Well's revive, emotes such as dance still work.
  • Aatrox seems to be left-handed.


  • Aatrox's name comes from the Latin word atrox, meaning 'fierce, savage, and cruel'. The English word 'atrocity' comes from here.
    • The word atrox is also derived from ater meaning 'dark', which may have been an influencing factor in the naming of Aatrox's species, the Darkin.
      • Alternatively, the name of his species is likely a play on 'Dark Kin' to highlight their demonic nature.
  • A shadowy figure resembling Aatrox can be seen in an unfinished version of JaxSquare.png Jax's [S|L] default splash art. Yet there are enough differences between the shadowy figure and Aatrox that the former could be one of the other four Darkin.
  • Aatrox was partially inspired by both the Balrog and Sauron from The Lord of the Rings.[1]
    • He also strikingly resembles the protagonist of Devilman.
  • Enemies hit by Massacre.png Massacre will make a blood trail from themselves to Aatrox that he will rapidly absorb. This is a remnant from PBE testing, when Aatrox would gain more attack speed depending on how many enemies had been hit by the ability. Changes to interactions between Massacre.png Massacre and Blood Well.png Blood Well in patch V5.6 make use of this residual visual effect.


  • Aatrox's backstory references Ares from Greek mythology.
  • Aatrox is one of the five remaining Darkin, an ancient race, and the only known one so far. Of the five, only Aatrox and two more are known to history.
    • There are some theories that state Varus Varus (or at least what was being contained in the Pit of Pallas and currently resides in his body) might also be a Darkin, all based on his living bow and the sound of his voice.
  • Aatrox seems to view the wars he causes as a form of art, as several of his quotes refer to the fights as 'works', 'masterpieces' and other art-related terms.
  • Aatrox (or another Darkin) has fought for almost every faction. As a result, they all immortalized him in some way.


  • Aatrox.attack10
    "Rage against the dying of the light" references Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas.
  • Aatrox.move10
    "I know what lurks in the hearts of man" references The Shadow by Walter B. Gibson ("Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows...")
  • Aatrox.move03
    "Peace is the greatest lie of all" might be referencing the Sith Code from Star Wars ("Peace is a lie, there is only passion...")
  • Aatrox.taunt03
    "Even those who have nothing can give their lives" is likely referencing a similar line in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War.
  • Aatrox.move02
    "Pain is temporary, victory is forever" references "Pain is temporary, pride is forever", a famous inspirational quote used in sports.
  • Most of Aatrox's taunts reference the common urban phrase "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain".
  • Aatrox has two special quotes referencing his presence and influence in Tryndamere Tryndamere's lore.


AatroxSquare.png Justicar Aatrox [S|L]
  • He is depicted this way by the people he saved.
  • When Recall.png recalling he looks up and slowly ascends into the sky.
  • He shares this theme with SyndraSquare.png Justicar Syndra [S|L].
AatroxSquare.png Mecha Aatrox [S|L]
AatroxSquare.png Sea Hunter Aatrox [S|L]


  • Aatrox is the dark figure in Tryndamere Tryndamere's lore Blood Thirst.png bearing a living weapon and Massacre.png inspiring unhinged bloodlust into those who fought alongside him with unearthly magic.
  • Aatrox has been in many bloody battles that Bard Bard couldn't do anything about when intervening.
    • This hints at animosity between the two.
  • The war Aatrox was involved with in his lore took place in the forest of Summoner's Rift, and this in turn was the site of several battles between the ProfileIcon0712 Protectorate and the ProfileIcon0713 Magelords, two sides who sought out to use the natural magical energy of the area for their personal use.
    • The wars between the ProfileIcon0712 Protectorate and the ProfileIcon0713 Magelords were later known as 'the Rune Wars'.


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